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By pressing the strings on different places of the fingerboard, the player can shorten or lengthen the part of the string that is vibrating, thus producing higher or lower pitches (notes).The European lute and the modern Near-Eastern oud descend from a common ancestor via diverging evolutionary paths.
The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number.Please refer to the notes preceding each chart on how to best interpret the data.Two other highly reliable resources for dating Guild instruments are The Guild Guitar Book and Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars, both of which are excellent references that often prove helpful with questions regarding dating, specifications and historical context of many Guild instruments.I'm just wondering what the history really is and how to find the documentation. And as a last resort the page - recommends contacting FMIC Customer Relations. Gil _________________Where ever you go, there you are 1998 Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer Natural Taka - 2005 Squier '51 Black Yume - 2006 Squier Strat Cherryburst Houbi - 2008 Fender VG Strat Blizzard Pearl - won here Fender Super Champ XD; Vox DA-5Another quality suggestion...And this time you hit the jackpot (What do we have for him, Johnny? I got a response from Fender in less than 24 hours with 15 additional pieces of information I wouldn't have guessed they would have had on a one-of from the the custom shop.Now I not only have the peace of mind (its a 2002) but I think I got an excellent price.
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There are other resources for dating Guild guitars which you may also want to consult, such as: "The Guild Guitar Book" by Hans Moust, and "Gruhn's Guide To Vintage Guitars" by George Gruhn.
Both are excellent references and may be quite helpful to you in both determining the year of production of your instrument as well as identifying specifications and a historical context for the instrument.
Unfortunately, the records of Guild serial numbers prior to 1960 are somewhat sketchy, and so we are unable to assure the accuracy of dating before that time.
The following chart, however, details the best information we have for the approximate last serial numbers produced in each given year before 1960.
The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance.